Peilei Fan   范蓓蕾

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

School of Planning, Design & Construction  &  The Center for Global Change and Earth Observations

Michigan State University

201M Human Ecology Building, 552 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824

Direct: 517-432-6517; School: 517-432-0704; Email: fanpeile <at> msu <dot> edu;  Web:


Adjunct Faculty, Geography

Affiliated faculty, Global Urban Studies Program

Associate Editor for  International Journal of Technology and Globalization (Inderscience, 2008-Present), International Journal of Business and System Research (Inderscience, 2007-15), and Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management (Emerald, 2009-16)




Š      Ph.D. in Economic Development, 2003, MIT            

Š      M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2001, MIT                  

Š      Master of City and Regional Planning, 1998, Rutgers University          

Š      M.S. in Geography, 1995, Nanjing University, China                                             

Š      B.S. in Computer Science, 1993, Nanjing University, China                     



Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Commissioned Research Paper “Innovation in China and India” for Project “The role of innovation in escaping the middle income trap”, 2015-16

Economist for ADB Project “The Urbanization-Poverty-Inequality Triangle in Asia and the Pacific”, 2014-15

Economist for ADB Project “Urbanization in Asia”, 2012


United Nations University – World Institute of Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

Consultant for UNU-WIDER Project “Southern Engines of Global Growth: China, India, Brazil, and South Africa”, 2008



Research Areas

Interests: innovation and economic development, urban sustainability, international planning and development. 


(1) Innovation & economic development in China, India and East Asia

(2) Urbanization and sustainability in SENA (Southeast, East, &North Asia) included countries: China, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and North Asia of Russia

(3) Urbanization and environmental change under institutional change, globalization, and historical/cultural influences: Comparative analysis of Taipei and Shanghai



Recently Funded Research


Š      Lead Principal Investigator (Grant #: NNX15AD51G; PI: Jiquan Chen, MSU). 2015-2018. “Urbanization and sustainability under global change and transitional economies: Synthesis from Southeast, East, and North Asia (SENA),” National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), $749,683. (Project website)


Š      Lead Principal Investigator (Grant # NNX09AI32G: Co-investigators: Joseph Messina, Nathan Moore, Jianjun Ge, and Peter Verburg). 2009-2013. “China's Urbanization and its Sustainability under Future Climate Change,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), $621,496.


Š      Principal Investigator (Lead PI: Yifei Sun, California State University, Northridge). 2011-2013. “Workshop on Chinese Ways of Innovation: Strategic Directions of Research on Chinese Innovation,” National Science Foundation (NSF), $58,188.


Š      Principal Investigator. 2008-2009. “Research publication in innovation in Asia and urban sustainability in China,” Center for Advanced Studies of International Development (CASID), Michigan State University, $9,000.


Š      Principal Investigator. 2007-2009. “Innovation, globalization, and catching-up by Chinese high-tech firms,” Intramural Research Grant Program, Michigan State University, $28,926.




Teaching & Advising


Š      UP 801: Concepts and Issues in Planning and Development (will be offered Fall 2017; required core course for Master and Ph.D. in URP)


Š      UP 855: Urban Sustainability and Climate Change (will be offered in Fall 2018; elective course, for advanced graduate students in URP and beyond)


Š      If you are a registered student of the class, you will be able to access materials related to the class through the MSU D2L Course Management System. 


Š      If you are a graduate student and plan to do a Ph.D. dissertation or Master thesis in my research area, please prepare a page of your ideas, your CV, and past publications, and stop by my office to have a chat.  I am delighted to work with motivated, creative, and hard-working students.



Recent Publications


Guest Editor for Journal Special Issues

Š      Guest Editor for Landscape and Urban Planning (LAND)

Evolving Landscapes under Institutional Change, Globalization, and Cultural Influence in Contrasting Urban Systems

 (SI expected to be published in 2018; SI Guest Editors: Peilei Fan, Jiquan Chen, Jingle Wu)


Š      Guest Editor for Ecological Indicators

Special Issue: From urban sprawl to compact green cities – indicators for multi-scale and multi-dimensional analysis 

(SI expected to be published in 2017; SI Guest Editors: Martina Artmann, Luis Inostroza, Peilei Fan)


Š      Guest Editor for  International Journal of Technology and Globalization 3(4) 2007

Special Issue: China’s Technology Catching Up.


Š      Guest Editor for International Journal of Business and Systems Research 4(5/6) 2010

Special Issue: Chinese Strategic Management: A Systems Perspective on the Practical Aspects and Theoretical Reflections (with Mingfang Li and Xudong Gao).


Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Blog View Point

Critical perspectives for examining urbanization and sustainability in China (posted on Oct. 27, 2015)



Fan, Peilei.  In progress. Suburbia Asia: Urban landscape and environmental changes from Siberia, Shanghai, to Saigon. Springer (under contract, expected to finish by Nov. 2017)

Referred Journal Articles    (* indicate graduate student/postdoc as the first author)

1.     Fan, Peilei, Xu, Lihua, Yue, Wenze, Chen, Jiquan. (In Press). Access of public green space in an urban periphery: the case of Shanghai. Landscape and Urban Planning. IF: 3.654 (2015), 4.268 (5yrs)

2.     Fan, Peilei, Ouyang Zutao, Basnou, Corina, Pino Joan, Park, Hogeun, Chen, Jiquan. (2017). Nature-based solutions for urban landscapes under post-industrialization and globalization: Barcelona versus Shanghai. Environmental Research 156, 282-283. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.03.043

3.     *Li, X., Messina, J. P., Moore, N. J., Fan, P., & Shortridge, A. M. (2017). MODIS land cover uncertainty in regional climate simulations. Climate Dynamics, 1-13. doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3563-7.

4.     Liu, Yong, Yue, Wenze, Fan, Peilei.  (Accepted) Financing China’s suburbanization: Capital accumulation through suburban land development in Hangzhou. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

5.     Fan, Peilei, Chen, Jiquan, John, Ranjeet. (2016). Urbanization and environmental change during the economic transition on the Mongolian Plateau: Hohhot and Ulaanbaatar. Environmental Research 144: 96–112. IF: 4.373 (2014), 4.234 (5yrs)

6.     *Ouyang, Zutao, Fan, Peilei, Chen, Jiquan. (2016). Urban built-up areas in transitional economies of Southeast Asia: spatial extent and dynamics. Remote Sensing doi:10.3390/rs8100819

7.     *Wu, S. R., Fan, P., & Chen, J. (2016). Incorporating Culture Into Sustainable Development: A Cultural Sustainability Index Framework for Green Buildings. Sustainable Development 24(1), 64-67. DOI: 10.1002/sd.1608. IF: 1.242 (2014)

8.     *Hu, Shuhong, Huang, Li, Fan, Peilei, Xiao, Gang. (2016). Spatial Spillover Effects of Innovative Outputs of University and Its Impacts on Regional Economic Growth of China: Based on Spatial Econometrics Analysis of Provincial Data. Scientia Geographica Sinica, 2016,36 (12):1767-1776. (in Chinese) doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2016.12.001

9.     Chen, J., Zhu, L., Fan, P., Tian, L. & Lafortezza, R. (2016). Do green spaces affect the spatiotemporal changes of PM2.5 in Nanjing? Ecological Process 2016 5(7). DOI 10.1186/s13717-016-0052-6

10. *Chen, C., Han, J., & Fan, P. (2016). Measuring the Level of Industrial Green Development and Exploring Its Influencing Factors: Empirical Evidence from China’s 30 Provinces. Sustainability8(2), 153. IF: 1.343 (2015)

11. Xie, Y., Wang, G., Wang, X., & Fan, P. (2016). Assessing the evolution of oases in arid regions by reconstructing their historic spatio-temporal distribution: a case study of the Heihe River Basin, China. Frontiers of Earth Science, 1-14. doi:10.1007/s11707-016-0607-y

12. Messina, J.P. Suepa, T., Snapp, S., Olson, J.M., Nejadhashemi, A.P., Murray, S., Moore, N., Frake, A.N., Fan, P., and U. Adhikari. 2017. Food System Resilience and Sustainability in Cambodia. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. 8:3 Note 4.

13. Fan, Peilei.  (2015). Producing and consuming urban planning exhibition halls in Contemporary China. Urban Studies 52(15): 2890-2905. DOI: 10.1177/0042098014536627 IF: 1.592 (2014)

14. Liu, Yong, Yue, Wenze, Fan, Peilei, & Song, Yan. 2015. Suburban residential development in the era of market-oriented land reform: The case of Hangzhou, China. Land Use Policy, 42, 233-243. IF: 2.631 (2014), 2.631 (5yrs)

15. Zhang, Yaoqi, Zheng, Bin, Sun, Ge, and Fan, Peilei. 2015. The American lawn revisited: Awareness education and culture as public choices towards sustainable lawn.  Problems of Sustainable Development. 10(1), 107-115.

16. *Wu, S. R., Chen, J., Apul, D., Fan, P., Yan, Y., Fan, Y., & Zhou, P. 2015. Causality in social life cycle impact assessment (SLCIA). The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 20, 1312-1323. IF: 3.988 (2014/15)

17. Hao, L., Sun, G., Liu, Y., Wan, J., Qin, M., Qian, H, Liu, C., Zheng, J., John, R., Fan, P., & Chen, J. 2015. Urbanization dramatically altered the water balances of a paddy field-dominated basin in southern China. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 19, 3319-3331. IF: 3.535 (2014/15), 4.292 (5 yrs)

18. Fan, Peilei, Yaowen Xie, Jiaguo Qi, Jiquan Chen, and Huiqing Huang. 2014.  Vulnerability of the coupled natural and human systems in a changing environment: the evolution of Lanzhou’s urban landscape.  Landscape Ecology 29(10), 1709-1723. DOI 10.1007/s10980-014-0061-8

19. Fan, Peilei.  2014.  Innovation in China. Journal of Economic Survey. 28(4) 725-745. doi: 10.1111/joes.12083

20. Yue, Wenze, Fan, Peilei, Wei, Yehua, and Qi, Jiaguo. 2014. Economic development, urban expansion, and sustainable development in Shanghai. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 2014(28): 783-799. DOI 10.1007/s00477-012-0623-8

21. Santos-Paulino, Amelia, Squicciarini, Mariagrazia, and Fan, Peilei. 2014. Foreign Direct Investment, Research and Development Mobility and the New Economic Geography: A Survey. The World Economy. 37(12):1692-1715. doi: 10.1111/twec.12208

22. Zhang, Lin-lin, Yue, Wenze, and Fan, Peilei. 2014.  Measuring urban sprawl in large Chinese cities: A case study of Hangzhou. Scientia Geographica Sinica  34(4):394-400. (in Chinese)

23. Yue, Wenze, Liu, Yong, and Fan, Peilei. 2013. Measuring urban sprawl in large Chinese cities: the case of Hangzhou.  Land Use Policy 31: 358-370.

24. Yue, Wenze, Wang, Ruiliang, and Fan, Peilei. 2013. Spatial pattern analysis of urban expansion in Hangzhou city.  Journal of Zhejiang University (Science Edition) 40(5): 596-605. DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9497.2013.05.023 (in Chinese)

25. Fan, Peilei, Wan, Guanghua, and Lu, Ming.  2012. China’s regional inequality in innovation capability, 1995-2006. China and World Economy 20 (3): 16-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-124X.2012.01285.x

26. Yue, Wenze, Liu, Yong, and Fan, Peilei, Ye, Xinyue, Wu, Cifang. 2012. Assessing spatial pattern of urban thermal environment in Shanghai, China. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 26: 899-911. DOI 10.1007/s00477-012-0638-1

27.  Fan, Peilei.  2011. Innovation, globalization, and catch-up of latecomers: cases of Chinese telecom firms.  Environment and Planning A 43(4): 830-849.

28. Fan, Peilei.  2011. China and India: innovation capability and economic development.  Economic Change and Restructuring 44 (1-2): 49-73. doi: 10.1007/s10644-010-9088-2

29.  Liu, Yong, Yue, Wenze, and Fan, Peilei. 2011. Spatial determinants of urban land conversion in large Chinese cities: a case of Hangzhou. Environment and Planning B 38: 706-725.

30. Fan, Peilei. 2010.  Developing innovation-oriented strategies and China’s domestic mobile phone companies.  International Journal of Technology Management 51(2/3/4): 168-193.

31. Fan, Peilei and Qi, Jiaguo.  2010.  Assessing the sustainability of major cities in China.  Sustainability Science Journal 5(1): 51-68.

32. Fan, Peilei. 2010.  From a latecomer to a global telecom giant: the development path of Huawei.  International Journal of Business System Research 4 (5/6): 691-719.

33. Fan, Peilei.  2010. Catching up through staged development and innovation: the case of Chinese telecom companies. Journal of Science and Technology Policy of China 1 (1): 64 -91.

34. Yue, Wenze, Liu, Yong, and Fan, Peilei. 2010. Polycentric urban development: the case of Hangzhou. Environment and Planning A 42 (3) 563 – 577. doi:10.1068/a42116

35. Wan, Guanghua, Fan, Peilei, and Lu, Ming.  2010. Accounting for innovation inequality in China: a regression-based decomposition approach. World Economy 2010 (2): 3-14 (in Chinese).

36. Fan, Peilei and Watanabe, Kazuo.  2008.  The rise of the Indian biotech industry and innovative domestic companies.  International Journal of Technology and Globalization 4(2): 148-169.

37. Fan, Peilei, Gao, Xudong and Watanabe, Kazuo. 2007.  Technology strategies of innovative Chinese domestic companies. International Journal of Technology and Globalization 3(4): 344-363.

38. Fan, Peilei.  2006. Promoting indigenous capability: The Chinese government and the catching-up of domestic telecom-equipment firms. China Review 6(1): 9-35.

39. Fan, Peilei.  2006. Catching up through developing innovation capability: Evidence from China’s telecom-equipment industry.  Technovation 26(3): 359-68.

40. Fan, Peilei and Watanabe, Chihiro.  2006.  Promoting industrial development through technology policy: Lessons from Japan and China.  Technology in Society 28(3): 303-320.

41.  Fan, Peilei. 2006. Comparative analysis of high-tech parks in Beijing and Shanghai.  Journal of Nanjing University (Nature Science) 42(3): 242-256.



Book Chapters

Sun, Yifei and Fan, Peilei. 2017. Technology Spillover. In D. Richardson, N. Castreee, M.F., Goodchild, A. Kobayashi, W. Liu, R. Marston (eds). The International Encyclopedia of Geography. Wiley and the American Association of Geographers (AAG). DOI: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0654

Fan, Peilei and Gao, Xudong. 2016. Catching up and developing innovation capabilitiesin China’s telecommunication equipment Industry. In Zhou, Yu, William Lazonick, Yifei Sun (eds) China as an Innovation Nation. Chapter 8, pp. 215-239. Oxford: Oxford University.

Fan, Peilei. 2015. The role of returnees in developing entrepreneurial ventures in high-tech sectors in China. In Maureen McKelvey and Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen (eds) Navigating Innovation Spaces in Asia. Chapter 9, pp. 167-188. North Hampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Yue, Wenze, Fan, Peilei, Qi, Jiaguo. 2014.  Spatio-temporal evolution of urban structure in Shanghai. In Ademola K. Braimoh and He Qing Huang (eds) Vulnerability of Land Systems in Asia. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., pp. 215-234.

Cory, Kenneth E., Wilson, Mark I., Fan, Peilei. 2014. Cities, Technology, and Economic Change. In Ronnan Paddison and Tom Hutton (eds) Cities and Economic Change.  Sage Publications Ltd. Chapter 1.

Fan, Peilei, Qi, Jiaguo, Chen, Xi, Messina, Joseph, Huang, Huiqing, Li, Xue. 2013. Urban Expansion and Environment Change in Dryland East Asia. In Chen, Jiquan, Shiqiang Wan, Geoff Henebry, Jiaguo Qi, Garik Gutman, Martin Kappas, Ge Sun, eds. Dryland East Asia (DEA): Land Dynamics amid Social and Climate Change. Beijing: Higher Education Press, pp. 81-104.

Qi, Jiaguo, Fan, Peilei, and Chen, Xi.  2012.  The urban expansion and sustainability challenge of cities in China’s west: the case of Urumqi.  In Igor Vojnovic (ed) Urban Sustainability: A Global Perspective. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, pp. 69-100.

Fan, Peilei and Wan, Guanghua. 2009. Innovation capability for economic development: the Chinese experience in the reform era. In Arthur Sweetman and Jun Zhang (eds) Economic Transition with Chinese Characteristics: Thirty years of Reform and Opening Up. Montreal: McGill Queen’s University Press, Volume 1, pp. 99-122.  (Book website:

Fan, Peilei and Wan, Guanghua. 2008. China’s regional inequality in innovation capability, 1995-2004. In Guanghua Wan (ed) Inequality and Growth in Modern China. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 144-162.  ISBN13: 9780199535194; ISBN10: 0199535191

Fan, Peilei.  2005. Japan’s biotech clusters: growth engine for cities and regions? In Yuji Murayama and Guoqing Du (eds) Cities in Global Perspective: Diversity and Transition, pp. 113-121.  Tokyo, Japan: International Geographic Union, Urban Commission.



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